Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball Preview: Florida Gators

The 11-8 Vanderbilt Commodores host Florida on Tuesday night at Memorial Gym. Here is your preiew of the Gators.

Florida is currently on a 3-game winning streak which started with a win at Ole Miss followed by home wins over Mississippi State and Auburn.  Glancing around the Gator's schedule, you can see that the Gators lost by 15 at Purdue and 14 at Tennessee, both places where Vandy has played. Florida beat LSU at home and lost a close road game to nationally ranked Texas A&M.  

Senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith leads the Gators in scoring.  Finney-Smith scored 24 points in UF's recent win over Auburn.  Two other players average in double digits for the Gators. 

Forward Justin Leon and Finney-Smith are the Gator's top threats from 3-point range.  Six-foot-11 center John Egbunu and Leon are both hitting over 50 percent from the field. 

Finney-Smith, Egbunu and forward Devin Robinson all have over 100 rebounds for Florida.  Guard Chris Chiozza, a Memphis native, leads the team in assists.  Egbunu has leads in blocks while guard Kasey Hill has the most steals.  

Looking at the Vanderbilt-Florida stats comparison, Vanderbilt has the edge in points scored, shooting, assists and blocks while the Gators have the edge in points allowed, rebounding steals. Florida has the stronger RPI. 

Tuesday night Vanderbilt will have a chance to do something it hasn't done yet this season: pull off a quality win. Consider that Vanderbilt hasn't had a chance to play a known quality opponents at home.  The Dores were ambushed by both Dayton and LSU, two teams that are are much stronger than expected at the time Vandy played them.  If the Commodores can put together a complete game and make plays at the end they can beat Florida and notch that elusive quality win.

Tuesday night's game tips off at 8 pm central time and can be seen on ESPNU. 

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